Celtic Corner closes, owners move to Scotland

Images courtesy of Tricia Logan-Locke

“It’s scary but it’s very exciting at the same time,” said Tricia Logan-Locke, retired Celtic Corner owner and store manager, of her husband’s impending move to Scotland in March 2022.

Logan-Locke’s mother, Marjorie, founded Scottish Treasures – now better known as Celtic Corner – over 30 years ago, moving 25 years ago to Coronado; initially residing at Ferry Landing. The Scottish, Irish, Welsh and English family-owned import business includes rental of custom kilts and kilts as well as a wide range of jewelry from Ireland and Scotland.

Celtic Corner founder Marjorie Logan (right) with her sister Morag Logan in December 1988 when Tricia Logan-Locke’s aunt was visiting from Canada, and they got the idea to dress up teddy bears; the first designs were a bride and a bridesmaid for a family wedding.

The family would go to Scottish games across the country and start in retail with custom teddy bears dressed in classic Scottish fashions that Marjorie would dress up by hand. The bears have remained popular over the years, and when word broke it would be Celtic Corner’s last season to go to events and settle in, people ripped them off, Logan-Locke observed. .

On a Loganbearies event booth in 1989.
On a Loganbearies event booth in 1989.

But she assures customers that they will be able to order the special bears online one way or another, and that her mother will continue to dress her bears by hand.

Current owners Logan-Locke (far left) pose with his mother, Marjorie (second from right) and friends at their first retail booth in Costa Mesa in May 1989.
Current owners Logan-Locke (far left) pose with his mother, Marjorie (second from right) and friends at their first retail booth in Costa Mesa in May 1989.

“We hadn’t really planned on going to Scotland for retirement and originally we had planned Wyoming, then overnight we changed our mind,” said Logan-Locke; she was born in Scotland and always wanted to return to live.

Logan-Locke and her husband Mike, recently retired after more than 20 years of service in his career, knew they would close the store soon, finish their program of events and go somewhere.

Events have started to return since the start of the pandemic, she described, but the state has slowly reopened and other states sometimes cancel events at the last minute. She added that they don’t do as many events compared to other retailers, but aim for around 12 a year with September being their busiest time. Recently they visited northern California and Colorado with busy outdoor sites.

Yet they fought the pandemic, often in melodious ways.

Marjorie (left) in a Scottish Flag face mask and Logan-Locke in an Irish face mask travel to <a class=Las Vegas in March 2021 to celebrate Logan-Locke’s birthday, which is St. Patrick’s Day.” width=”720″ height=”960″ data-srcset=”https://coronadotimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/celticcorner-2021-march.jpeg 720w, https://coronadotimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/celticcorner-2021-march-225×300.jpeg 225w, https://coronadotimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/celticcorner-2021-march-696×928.jpeg 696w” data-sizes=”(max-width: 720px) 100vw, 720px”/>
Marjorie (left) in a Scottish Flag face mask and Logan-Locke in an Irish face mask travel to Las Vegas in March 2021 to celebrate Logan-Locke’s birthday, which is St. Patrick’s Day.

While Marjorie’s teddy bear supplier has changed over time (they used Bearington Bears at one point), handmade clothing doesn’t have the look of an articulated bear for them. fit and dress them properly. Logan-Locke noticed that articulated bears are more difficult for his mother to find these days.

Inside Celtic Corner when located in the Ferry Landing Recreation Area on Coronado Island.
Inside Celtic Corner when located in the Ferry Landing Recreation Area on Coronado Island.
Celtic Corner today at 916 Orange Avenue in Coronado.  The last day of the store will be New Year's Eve this year.
Celtic Corner today at 916 Orange Avenue in Coronado. The last day of the store will be New Year’s Eve this year.

The last official day of the physical store will be December 31, 2021, with the New Year seeing the team relax more and clean up. They are planning an intimate invite-only event to celebrate their 30+ years in business and to say goodbye to longtime customers.

“We have our moments where that’s all we think about after all these years,” said Logan-Locke, a former legal secretary and instructor. “It wasn’t my first career; it was my second career. Although I have worked in the company all the time. But I look forward to the changes to come.

Logan-Locke (left) and Marjorie at a gift show in Chicago, where they won the contest for the best dressed.
Logan-Locke (left) and Marjorie at a gift show in Chicago, where they won the contest for the best dressed.

She went on to say that it is sad to leave all the loyal customers but that they are considering selling the website to small business owners who are friends who can then provide the same quality products and great customer service than expected.

Logan-Locke explained how they mainly work on the future of the kilt end of their business. There are no longer any kilt display cases in Southern California, she shared. And a lot of people have asked about the items and how to handle the custom measurements needed. The owner said she has some ideas on how to achieve this with colleagues in Northern California and has the option of making appointments and working across the pond , she said.

One of Celtic Corner's most advanced kilts sets, says Logan-Locke - outfitting kilted men with sporrans, belts, buckles, custom jackets and more.
One of Celtic Corner’s most advanced kilts sets, says Logan-Locke – outfitting kilted men with sporrans, belts, buckles, custom jackets and more.

“When we were at Ferry Landing, the annual store open houses are some of the best memories,” said Logan-Locke, explaining how the large open area fostered a wonderful event. They would have Highland dances, Irish dancers, music and food.

An Irish dance troupe performing near the location of Celtic Corner Ferry Landing.
An Irish dance troupe performing in front of the Celtic Corner Ferry Landing site.

The couple, with a daughter residing in Orange County, are considering a bed and breakfast or Airbnb business in Scotland. But maybe more of a vacation for existing B&B business owners who need a break. Logan-Locke also mentioned organizing trips for an older clientele who want to hike, as she and her husband are used to balancing the desire to physically enjoy the outdoors and make it an experience. formidable.

(Left to right) Tricia Logan-Locke's father, Jim Logan (now deceased), Ralph West, Reed Smith (deceased), Larry Samuels (bagpipe), Jason Paguio (world drum major champion), pastor Davie McElrath and Logan Locke's brother, Stan Logan.
(Left to right) Tricia Logan-Locke’s father, Jim Logan (deceased), Ralph West, Reed Smith (deceased), Larry Samuels (bagpipe), Jason Paguio (world drum major champion), Pastor Davie McElrath and Logan Locke’s brother, Stan Logan.

The couple will begin living on the east side of Loch Lomond in the family cabin owned by Logan-Locke’s mother.

“There is a fair amount of maintenance to be done since we haven’t been able to travel to Scotland since 2019,” said Logan-Locke. “Once the work is done, we will start renting it again for weekly vacations. “

The hut sits near the edge of Loch Lomond with stunning views over the loch and Ben Lomond.

“We are retiring and that’s a good thing,” she said.

Needless to say, the storefront, pricey offerings, and soulful bagpipe music on weekends will be missed by many.

Continue to follow Celtic Corner at www.CelticCorner.net. You can also find them on Facebook @ scottishtreasures.celticcorner, Instagram @scotirishshop and Twitter @ScotIrishShop.

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